The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust was established in 1995 to promote the development of a broad waterway park, which will link the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes to the river Great Ouse in Bedford through a series of waterway parks. It will include pathways and green space designed to meet the needs of all who enjoy rambling, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding and those who simply like to chill out next to the waterway park. We believe it should be an essential part of the infrastructure in the Oxford/Milton Keynes/Cambridge Corridor.
Despite wide-ranging and ongoing support for the Trust’s campaign to secure a culvert under the upgraded A421 the Department of Transport and the two local councils involved in the road scheme have made it clear that there is no funding available. The Trust has taken up the challenge to find sources of funding but this will take time and the road scheme will risk further costs if it is delayed. We have been reassured that it will be possible to tunnel under the road at some future date, albeit at a much greater cost. We will continue to look for opportunities to resolve the problem which lack of a culvert in the current scheme presents. The campaign of support has given the Waterway Park a much bigger and wider profile which is a very positive outcome. We have been supported by all 5 local MPs as well as our members, the IWA, the Bedford Chamber of Commerce and many others. The Trust wants to thank everyone who has lobbied in support of our case and hope that your involvement with the Bedford and Milton Keynes waterway will be ongoing!
The historic boat LMS Sandbach made the journey up to the Head of Navigation at Kempston Mill over the May Bank Holiday. However, water levels in the river were very low and a little bit of help from Trust members and onlookers was needed to make sure she could turn and safely make … Continue reading “Historic Boat LMS Sandbach at Kempstom Mill”
Dave Hodgson, Liberal Democrat candidate said “I am a huge supporter of the waterway scheme itself and of the waterways trust. My record provides considerable evidence of this. As the inaugural chair and an ongoing member of the Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway Consortium, I have championed the project and the many benefits it will … Continue reading “Bedford Mayoral candidates support the Waterway Park:”
You can help promote the B&MK Waterway Park by lobbying your local Councillors in the May 2019 elections by sending them this leaflet which summarises the many benefits, which the Waterway park can bring to the area. The leaflet can be downloaded here
The Trust has recently received some very good news which will be important for us as we continue to promote the Waterway Park and seek funding for sections of the route. The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), whose role is to help economic growth thrive across the region, has lent it’s support to … Continue reading “Local Enterprise Partnership supports B&MK Waterway Park”
The proposed route of the Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway Park is being marked by the installation of unique wood carvings at the Forest of Marston Vale’s Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park. The Trust commissioned the carvings by local wood carving artists – Carrie Yuen and Tony Langston. The carvings portray examples of wildlife … Continue reading “Press Release – B&MK Waterway Trust Unveils New Wood Carvings”